Filmmaking Advice from Quentin Tarantino and Sam Raimi (NSFW)

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At Comic-Con 2009, some aspiring filmmakers had the chance to ask real-deal directors how to make it in the business. Sam Raimi offered some very tangible and practical advice — advice that probably any young director should take to heart.


Demystifying the Protect IP Act

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How to combat internet piracy, the daily theft of copyrighted music, films and other digital goods? Our congressional leaders think they’ve figured it out, and their solution is called the Protect IP Act. The only problem is that the pending legislation creates more problems than it solves.


Beware the Horror of…The Gawper

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Abbott and Costello meet Tim Burton in this stylish little tribute to classic horror films by the British animation team at A Large Evil Corporation. (Yes, friends, they’re people too.) The moon is full and the bell tolls two as a pair of bumbling grave robbers enter a foggy graveyard. What happens next is unspeakably silly.


Watch the 1953 Animation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Narrated by James Mason

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Back by popular demand, and certainly the right video for today’s holiday — the 1953 animated film version of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” narrated by James Mason. Upon its release, the film was given a bizarre reception. In the UK, the British Board of Film Censors gave the film an “x” rating, deeming it unsuitable for adult audiences.


James Franco Reads Short Story in Bed for The Paris Review

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James Franco gave The Paris Review a hand when he jumped into bed and started reading “William Wei,” a short story published in a recent edition of the storied literary journal. Find a cleaned up audio file here, or in our collection of Free Audio Books.


Names of Paris Métro Stops Acted Out: Photos by Janol Apin

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A little fun for anyone who has spent time on the Paris Métro, which carries millions of passengers through 301 often artfully-named stops each day. Shot during the 1990s by Janol Apin, this collection of photos takes the names of real stations and acts them out in imaginative ways. Enjoy the rest here.


Bertrand Russell on How Smoking Paradoxically Saved His Life

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In 1959, Bertrand Russell, then pushing 90, could still give a good interview. We have previously featured vintage video of Russell sending a message to people living 1,000 years in the future and also contemplating the existence/non-existence of God.


Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers, a Halloween Treat

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Over the years, when Roman Polanski was asked to name the film he was happiest with, his answer was surprising: The Fearless Vampire Killers.


Books Come to Life in Classic Cartoons from 1930s and 1940s

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Remember Spike Jonze’s stop motion film Mourir Auprès de Toi? When we featured it last week, one of our readers called it “Slow, boring and unimaginative.


10,000 Solutions

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Arizona State University has launched a new contest called 10,000 Solutions open to anyone over 18, anywhere in the world, and it offers a $10,000 prize. Entries can take on one of the eight greatest challenges facing the world, like sustainability and the future of education.


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